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    Ukraine office to help prospective immigrants to Israel prove Jewishness
    Jun30

    Ukraine office to help prospective immigrants to Israel prove Jewishness

    (JTA) – Rabbis from Israel and Ukraine opened an office in eastern Ukraine that will help prospective immigrants to Israel prove they are Jewish. The office, which opened last week in Dnepropetrovsk, aims to facilitate the process for people who seek to immigrate to Israel under its Law of Return for Jews and their kin and is the joint initiative...

    Kiev Holocaust memorial defaced again with swastikas
    Jun28

    Kiev Holocaust memorial defaced again with swastikas

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The monument commemorating Jewish victims of the Babi Yar massacre in Kiev was desecrated for the fifth time in about a year. Swastikas drawn on the monument were discovered last week by a delegation from the Shorashim organization, which helps immigrants to Israel from the former Soviet Union clarify their Jewish status in...

    Worldwide Jewish population nears pre-Holocaust numbers
    Jun26

    Worldwide Jewish population nears pre-Holocaust numbers

    (JTA) — The worldwide Jewish population is approaching the size it was before the Holocaust, a new report by an independent Jerusalem-based think tank says. The report, compiled by the Jewish People Policy Institute, indicates that there are 14.2 million Jews worldwide as of early 2015. Add in various “subgroups” (such as immigrants to Israel and...

    Separatist leader from Ukraine recorded making anti-Semitic statements
    Jun22

    Separatist leader from Ukraine recorded making anti-Semitic statements

    (JTA) — A separatist leader from Ukraine made anti-Semitic statements at a public address, the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress said. Igor Plotnitsky, head of the breakaway, Russian-backed region of Lugansk in eastern Ukraine, during a lecture in Russia last week linked Ukrainian Jews to the revolution that last year swept from power the...

    Vandals paint swastika on Ukrainian Holocaust monument
    Jun19

    Vandals paint swastika on Ukrainian Holocaust monument

    (JTA) — A Holocaust monument in Ukraine was vandalized with a red swastika that the perpetrators painted over a Star of David symbol. The vandalism in Nikopol, an eastern Ukrainian city located 60 miles from Dnepropetrovsk, occurred on June 16, according to a report Tuesday by the Federation of Jewish Communities of Ukraine. Alexander Taratuta,...

    Greek official slammed for saying ‘victims become bullies’ in Holocaust speech
    Jun18

    Greek official slammed for saying ‘victims become bullies’ in Holocaust speech

    (JTA) — A Greek official is accused of abusing the memory of the Holocaust by mentioning Gaza during a speech about the genocide, and saying that “victims become bullies.” The criticism by The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a watchdog group, was over a speech that Panagiotis Sgouridis, a deputy minister of rural development, gave on June 7 in the...

    Canadian Jewish leaders, East European officials talk restitution
    Jun12

    Canadian Jewish leaders, East European officials talk restitution

    TORONTO (JTA) — Holocaust survivors and Jewish community leaders from Canada met with representatives of central and eastern European countries in an effort to speed restitution of war-era property. Over two days in Ottawa earlier this week, meetings took place with ambassadors or delegates from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Slovenia, Romania, Serbia,...

    A Russian chief rabbi stands by his strongman, aka Putin
    Jun05

    A Russian chief rabbi stands by his strongman, aka Putin

    Rabbi Berel Lazar, right, with congregants at an unfinished synagogue in Sevatopol, Crimea, July 14, 2014. (Cnaan Liphshiz) MOSCOW (JTA) – Rabbi Berel Lazar’s mother was eager for grandchildren. So she gave her 25-year-old son an ultimatum: He could return to his beloved Jewish outreach work in Russia if — and only if — he got married. His...

    Alleged Nazi war criminal who moved to Canada dies at 93
    May29

    Alleged Nazi war criminal who moved to Canada dies at 93

    MONTREAL (JTA) — Vladimir Katriuk, a native Ukrainian who avoided deportation from Canada for 64 years after hiding his Nazi past to move there, died peacefully in Quebec. Katriuk, who was 93, died on May 22, according to his lawyer. For years Katriuk was second on the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s list of “most wanted” Nazi war criminals. As a...

    U.S. Holocaust museum concerned over new Ukrainian legislation
    May18

    U.S. Holocaust museum concerned over new Ukrainian legislation

    (JTA) — The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum expressed concern over two legislative initiatives adopted by the Ukrainian Parliament. One measure adopted last month establishes an official government commemoration of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, which murdered thousands of Jews in the 1940s. Another bans Communist and Nazi propaganda and symbols....

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